Alessandra Biaggi was working in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s counsel’s office – watching as bills she had worked on kept failing in the state Legislature – when she learned about the role the Independent Democratic Conference played in Albany’s political ecosystem. This led to her upstart campaign against the group’s then-leader, Jeffrey Klein. Despite being significantly outspent, Biaggi won.
“The more frustrating things that kept coming up, the more doors I would knock on,” she says.
Biaggi has already voted on some of the bills she previously saw fail, such as the Reproductive Health Act, and she has started to leave her mark on Albany. As chairwoman of the revitalized state Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, she presided over the Legislature’s first hearing on workplace sexual harassment in 27 years.
“So many people have been failed by the system and it is incredibly critical that we get this right,” she says.
Though it has not yet been four months since she joined the state Senate, she remains optimistic about future legislation.
“A lot of the things I really wished to see happen have already happened,” she says. “It’s kind of remarkable so much legislation has passed.”
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